What to Do When You Are Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer

Receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer can turn your world upside down. You are likely feeling confused, afraid and probably overwhelmed at the unexpected turn your life has taken. One of the first things you should do upon receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis is take the time to process your emotions. Everyone’s emotional needs are different, but some coping methods that many patients utilize include spending time with loved ones, going to counseling or journaling.

Questions to ask your physician after receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis

Upon receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it is important to learn as much as you can about your condition and the treatments available to you. It is often difficult to know where to begin the conversation, so here are a few questions you can ask your physician to get the dialogue started:

  • What treatment is best for me?
  • Will I need more than one kind of treatment?
  • What is the goal of my treatment?
  • What are the side effects of the treatments I will be having?
  • Are there any clinical trials I may be eligible for?

How do I choose the right place to have ovarian cancer treatment?

One of the most important decisions you will face after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is where to have your treatment. You will want to select a reputable center with experienced physicians and advanced treatment options, such as Moffitt Cancer Center. Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, so our physicians boast an unparalleled level of experience treating ovarian cancers. Our multispecialty team ensures each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to meet the challenges of her unique cancer, and each plan we recommend comprises one or several of the most promising treatments available. Moffitt also spearheads an ambitious clinical trials program to give eligible patients the chance to benefit from the latest breakthroughs in treatment before they are made widely available.

To consult with the experts at Moffitt about your ovarian cancer and the treatment options available to you, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. No referral is necessary.